Harold A. Berger

Jan 22, 2013 Staff

Harold A. Berger, father of Riverton resident Pat Newlin, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Notre Dame, Ind. He was 92 years old.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Holy Cross Chapel, Dujarie House, South Bend, Ind.

Harold Anthony Berger was born Aug. 20, 1920, in Detroit, the son of Bertha (Hochgesang) and Ambrose Berger. In 1930, the family moved to Jasper, Ind., where Mr. Berger graduated from Jasper High School in 1938. He went on to earn a degree in accounting from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C., and subsequently completed training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va. He was installed as one of the youngest agents in the history of the bureau in 1943.

During World War II, he served on the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Army in Germany, attending the Nuremberg Trials after the war. Honorably discharged in 1946, he was assigned to Louisville, Ky., as a special agent for the FBI, where he met the former Dorothy Anne Madden. The couple married on May 17, 1947.

He was sent to Washington, D.C., to Indianapolis, and finally acted as the senior resident agent in charge of the South Bend office of the FBI in 1950, where he retired in 1975.

A faithful member of St. Anthony de Padua and then St. Pius X parishes, Mr. Berger served as president of the Deanery Council of Catholic Men, and as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He also served a term as president of the American Cancer Society, was a member of Kiwanis and was a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

His family said he enjoyed traveling, playing golf and gardening. His lawn was always the envy of the neighborhood and something in which he took great pride. He was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame football.

He is survived by his children, Donald and his wife Kathleen of South Bend, Ind., Sheila Walerko of South Bend, Ind., Patricia Newlin and her husband Michael of Riverton, Barbara Volk and her husband Peter of Carmel, Ind., and Susan of Granger, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mary Ann (Berger) Daily; and son-in-law Tom Walerko. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in can be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637-3437, or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 520 Crescent Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617-1920.

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